Japan Experience


Field Studies

The Department features several field studies opportunities:


JS3229 Field Studies in Japan

This is a 4-credit module conducted during special term (May). Dr. McMorran has taught the module each year since 2011. It begins with a week of coursework at NUS. This includes readings on the year’s theme, critical tourism studies, and qualitative research methods; seminar-style discussion; and group and individual research projects. Then the module moves to Japan (typically Kyushu) for 10 days, where students practice field methods by studying a theme relevant to contemporary Japan. Past themes have included ecotourism, disaster, and heritage tourism. Students typically share their experiences in a public forum such as the Japan Creative Centre or the NUS Central Library. The theme is announced each December, with applications from interested students due in February, and selection made in March. For more information, please visit http://blog.nus.edu.sg/mcmorran/ or contact Dr. McMorran.


Field Trip to Tokyo: Japanese Fashion Business and Marketing

Co-organized with the School of Commerce of Meiji University, since 2014 this field trip has taken students to Tokyo to explore Japanese fashion business, marketing and consumer culture. Over a period of eight days in December participants conduct fieldwork in Tokyo’s fashion districts like Harajuku or Shimokitazawa, in traditional shopping streets, department stores and shopping malls. Fieldwork is complemented by company visits, expert presentations as well class discussions. Many activities involve closely working together with students from Meiji University and thus participants not only get to utilize their knowledge on Japan but also their Japanese language skills. For further information please contact Assoc Prof Hendrik Meyer-Ohle.


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